Roy Clark, 'Hee Haw' host, dies at 85

Lewis Collier
November 15, 2018

Country star Roy Clark, the legendary singer and guitar player who headlined the cornpone TV show "Hee Haw" for almost a quarter century died at age 85.

Country music legend Roy Clark was mourned by heartbroken musicians and fans Thursday, as they praised the guitar virtuoso and former "Hee Haw" host for being a "mentor" and "friend" through the years.

Clark died at his Tulsa, Okla., home after suffering complications from pneumonia at the age of 85, a rep for the singer confirmed to Fox News. Weaving performances by the genre's top stars with surprise cameos and down-home comedy skits loaded with catchphrases, it lasted three seasons on the network before moving to first-run syndication in 1971 - where it aired for 22 more years.

He's known for songs like "Yesterday When I was Young" and "Honeymoon Feeling".

"Hee Haw' won't go away".

Clark played the guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, harmonica, as well as other instruments.

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And of course, he also was a member of the Grand Ole Opry.

With hits like "The Tips of My Fingers" and "Yesterday, When I Was Young", Clark was one of the first cross-over artists to land singles on both the country and pop charts.

In 1969, Clark and Buck Owens were tapped to co-host "Hee Haw".

Roy Linwood Clark was born on April 15, 1933 in Meherrin, VA, but his family moved to Washington, D.C. when he was a kid.

Beginning in 1983, Clark operated the Roy Clark Celebrity Theatre in Branson, Missouri, and was one of the first country entertainers to open a theater there. His father played in a square dance band and took him to free concerts by the National Symphony and by military bands.

Throughout the '60s, Clark recorded several albums, toured constantly, and appeared on TV variety shows from Carson to Mike Douglas to Flip Wilson. It's now retired. God bless my friend Roy Clark. "They identified with these clowns, and we had good music", he added. This put my face and name together'.

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